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An Encylopedia of Land Use Codes - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities
"The site features recent codes, like a 2000 plan for the city of Winter Springs, Florida, slightly older codes, like a 1667 code for rebuilding London after the Great Fire, and even ancient codes like Code of Hammurabi. The slideshow below features a few of the codes available through the Codes Project.

As dry as it may sound, land use zoning can be a controversial topic. Some people argue that codes like these put too much regulation on the urban environment and limit the will of the market. Others worry that hard rules in these codes limit the legality of the increasingly desired concept of mixed use development. Talen says the Codes Project tries to address the controversy, but also to focus on codes that have a positive impact."
history  emilytalen  thecodesproject  legal  law  urbanplanning  planning  towns  cities  references  2011  nateberg  urbanism  urban  landusecodes 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Creating ‘The Most Bicycle Friendly City in America’ ... In Southern California - Commute - The Atlantic Cities
"My tour guide says it’s a natural fit. “Perfect weather, perfect topography and perfect proximity to a major metropolitan,” says Charlie Gandy, a nationally recognized bicycle consultant who was hired by the Long Beach city council for a two-year stint as a mobility coordinator to help Long Beach embrace its inherent bikeability. At the time of his hiring, the city had set put together about $12 million for bicycle planning and infrastructure, combining funds from the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Caltrans, and grants from the state and federal governments. With this money in hand, the leadership in Long Beach wanted to do something big."
urbanplanning  urbanism  urban  policy  nateberg  2012  losangelescounty  losangeles  longbeach  us  cities  transportation  biking  bikes 
january 2012 by robertogreco
The Struggle to Define L.A.'s Transitional Moment - Design - The Atlantic Cities
"“If we can agree that the city has been linked with suburban development and private mobility, and those two things are both either being called into question or breaking down to some degree, what happens next? How do we establish some kind of identity for a post-suburban future?” Hawthorne says. “And that doesn’t mean the freeways are going away or cars are going away or single family houses for that matter, it just means that those things won’t define the character of the city in the way that they have.”

Just what that character will be is as much shaped by the transition underway as by our understanding of the city. For Hawthorne, this year-long literary trip has bolstered his perception of the city as a product of its past. But, he says, even the most overarching  studies of the city can’t and don’t describe what is emerging in the L.A. of today."
urbanism  change  density  transportation  cities  urban  books  christopherhawthorne  2012  transition  socal  transmobility  personalmobility  future  history  nateberg  losangeles 
january 2012 by robertogreco

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